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Public Relations

Public relations professionals work in almost every industry around the globe, including government agencies, corporations, and non-profit organizations. And today, more organizations than ever before recognize the benefit in maintaining professional public relations.

Through the BCIT Public Relations associate certificate program, you can prepare for a challenging and rewarding career with employment potential in fundraising, legislative lobbying, cable TV, and many other areas. This specialized program was developed to give you the essential skills you need in public relations in a flexible format. That means that you’ll learn to work on diverse communications projects, public affairs, marketing communications, sales promotions, and be ready to begin or advance your career in as little as three months.

About the program

  • Seven-course associate certificate program
  • Can be completed in just three months
  • Specialized package for students with or without prior experience looking to specialize in PR
Interested in how this program prepares you for your career in public relations? Find out in the Program Details.

Who should complete the Public Relations Associate Certificate?

This program might be right for you if:
  • You have strong written and oral communication skills
  • You work effectively in a team
  • You enjoy creative challenges
  • You want to specialize your career in public relations, whether you have marketing experience or not
If this sounds like you, visit the Program Entry page to learn more!

What grads can do

Because public relations is a key component of almost every organization, including business, fundraising, and government, you’ll have options for employment in a variety of industries and locations. By focusing intently on the key concepts in public relations, you’ll be prepared with the skills and confidence to begin or advance a successful career.

In addition to being prepared for the workplace with job-relevant skills, you’ll also have the option to continue your education for more advanced training in other BCIT programs that can lead to additional opportunities.

To learn more about the exciting opportunities available to you, visit the Graduating and Jobs page.

Program Entry

About Part-time Studies

Take a single course, or work towards a credential — all at a pace that's right for you.

Part-time courses are offered in a variety of scheduling formats, including at night or on weekends, flexible day time delivery, or you can opt for distance or online learning. If you meet the prerequisites and there's space available, you can register for a course immediately. Courses are offered in each of three terms: Fall (September), Winter (January) and Spring/Summer (April).

To apply to a Part-time Studies program and earn your credential, you simply need to complete a Part-time Program Declaration Request. Applications are processed throughout the year.

To be successful in BCIT's fast paced applied learning environment, it is strongly recommended that students have English proficiency in all four language skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Two years of education in English in an English-speaking country and English 12 are strongly recommended for success. For information on English equivalencies, testing and upgrading options, visit:

Application processing

Ongoing throughout the year.

Program declaration

Effective January 7th, 2016, program declaration requests must be completed online. A declaration fee will be assessed at the time of the request. BCIT will no longer accept paper program declaration requests starting January 7th, 2016. Students who submitted paper declaration requests prior to January 7th, 2016 are not required to pay the fee.

Declaring your Part-time Studies program ensures that BCIT is aware of your intent to complete a program as it is currently outlined. BCIT continuously reviews programs and implements changes based on industry and market trends. Program declaration guarantees that credit for courses which are a part of your program will be honoured despite program requirement changes.

Program declaration also provides the opportunity to apply for transfer credit.

It is not necessary to declare prior to registering in most Part-time Studies courses. It is a good idea to complete one or two courses before submitting your program declaration. Check your program's entry page for specific requirements.

Upon approval, a program plan will be sent to you confirming your program of study.

Declare Now

Please allow approximately 8 weeks for processing.

Scheduled intakes

Ongoing Part-time Studies intakes: January, April and September.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Part-time Studies Fees page for information on tuition fees and refunds.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.


These courses are designed to give you a fast track to a career in public relations. With the option to take a few elective courses to suit your individual career goals and interests, you’ll focus specifically on the essential fundamentals of public relations to get your skills job-ready as quickly as possible.

Program matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

1. Required Courses: Credits
  MKTG 1102 Essentials of Marketing 3.0
  MKTG 1352 Digital Marketing 3.0
  MKTG 3321 Public Relations 3.0
  MKTG 3325 Consumer Behaviour 3.0
  MKTG 3554 Digital Branding 3.0
2. Complete 6.0 credits from the following list of electives: Credits
  MKTG 1019 Media Relations 3.0
  MKTG 1023 Presentation Skills 1.0
  MKTG 1024 Business Plan Development 1.0
  MKTG 1126 Live Entertainment Events and Festivals 3.0
  MKTG 1323 Effective Public Speaking 3.0
  MKTG 1550 Social Media for Business 3.0
  MKTG 1552 Social Marketing 3.0
  MKTG 2525 Global Marketing 3.0
  MKTG 3406 Brand Innovation and Development 3.0
  TOUR 1300 Dark Tourism 3.0
Total Credits: 21.0

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

This program is designed to give you a fast track to a career in public relations. The course topics have been created specifically to benefit both students without any post-secondary education or experience and also students who have academic credentials such as degrees or diplomas in non-marketing areas and wish to gain additional certification and job-related skills.

In this program, you’ll work closely with industry professionals to develop a strong understanding of public relations and how you can use it in your own career. Some of your courses include digital branding, social media, effective public speaking, media relations, and live entertainment.

By earning your associate certificate at BCIT, you’ll be earning the necessary skills public relations employers in government, corporations, and fundraisers are looking for.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Many courses are also offered through distance and online learning.

Graduating & Jobs

By earning your associate certificate, you’ll have an enticing qualification to include on your resume and the skills and confidence to deliver on the promise that holds to your future employers. Your experience at BCIT with practical knowledge for the workplace prepares you both for a new career and future growth and achievement.

Some opportunities include:
  • Public Relations Assistant
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • PR Coordinator
  • Junior Copywriter
  • Public Affairs Consultant
You may choose to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation, or you might also consider continuing your education for even more advanced skills and access to more career options. The course credits you earn in this program may be transferrable to other programs within the BCIT Marketing Management department.

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit it to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.

3 Month Option

The BCIT Public Relations associate certificate program can now be completed in three months. The course schedule below outlines the specific courses required to complete the program in three months. The majority of the courses are offered at our downtown Vancouver campus. If a course is shown twice in the schedule, it is an alternate time to take the course.


9am-12pm 1pm-4pm 5:30pm-8:30pm
Mon MKTG 1550
CRN 38517

MKTG 3406
CRN 37330

MKTG 3321
CRN 30732
Wed MKTG 1102
CRN 38509

MKTG 2525
CRN 40062


Sat MKTG 1352 CRN 36471
Fri, Sat, Sun MKTG 1126 CRN 63923 (Oct 14-23)
Online MKTG 1552 CRN 37613
MKTG 3554 CRN 43305
If you have any questions about the condensed schedule, please contact:

Christina Hagberg
Part-time Studies Program Assistant - Marketing Management
604-412-7675 |

Contact Us

Christina Hagberg
Part-time Studies Program Assistant - Marketing Management
604-412-7675 |

Stacy Laviolette
Part-time Studies Coordinator - Marketing Management
604-412-7608 |

Contact a Part-time Studies Program Advisor with the BCIT program name in the subject line if you have a question about:
  • Course selection and program planning
  • Declaring your program
  • Making changes to your approved program plan
  • Applying for transfer credit and advanced placement
  • Laddering options
  • Job placement and graduate outcomes
  • Student life

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